Agave Heritage Festival 2017

On April 28 – May 7, 2017, Tucson’s 9th annual Agave Heritage Festival at Hotel Congress explores and celebrates the cultural, commercial and culinary significance of agave on the border region through a festival of seminars, trade shows and world-class culinary events. The festival this year has grown to include new events and partners that share the appreciation of this timeless aspect of our city’s fauna.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

April 28th
• Mission Garden Presentation with Jesus Garcia – 4pm | $25, ages 21+/$5, ages 20-6/free for ages under 6 | Mission Garden – We will be firing up the roasting pit while learning more about agave preparation and tasting the best in agave spirits
April 29th
• Ancient Agave Garden Tour – 8:30-10am | $25 | U of A Desert Laboratory Tumamoc Hill – Agave Scholars Suzanne and Paul Fish take you on a fascinating tour of ancient agave roasting sites, right in our backyard
• Mission Garden Presents The Opening Of The Fire Pit – 4:30-7:30pm | $25, ages 21+/$5, ages 20-6/free for ages under 6 | Mission Garden – Jesus Garcia is joined by Suzanne and Paul Fish and Carolyn Niethammer, to share tastes of roasted agave, how to cook it at home, make agave rope and more…and spirit tastings of course!
Tickets for Mission Garden Events can be purchases at: http://www.tucsonsbirthplace.org/news-events/#agaveweek

May 3rd
• Gentry Award Lecture on Mezcal Origins & Future – 12pm | Free | Haury Auditorium at University of Arizona – Ana Valenzuela presents an overview of mezcal research & conservation in Mexico, sponsored by Southwest Center
May 4th
• MEZcrawl – 7-9pm | $25/$40 (take home a commemorative t-shirt) | Check in at Hydra -Explore the agave spirits and cocktails from Rbar, Penca, Charro Steak,The Good Oak Bar and Borderlands Brewery
• Tucson City of Gastronomy Seminar – 6pm | $15 | Maynards Market & Kitchen Drawing Room – Natives Seeds/Search co-founder Gary Nabhan and President of United States Bartender Guild Tucson offer insight into the Agave plant and our Tucson City of Gastronomy distinction
• Mezcal and Chocolate Pairing Seminar featuring artisanal mezcal chocolatier Anayency Gomez – 7pm | $15 | Maynards Market & Kitchen Drawing Room
• Art In The Lobby featuring Diane Bombeshelter and Paul Mircocha – 6pm | FREE | Hotel Congress Lobby
May 5th
• Agave Heritage Dinner – 6:30-10pm | $110 (plus tax & gratuity) | Maynards Market & Kitchen Patio – Chef Janos Wilder and Chef Brian Smith of Maynards Market & Kitchen create a Sonoran inspired four-course dinner paired perfectly with agave-based cocktails including presentations by Ana Valenzuela-Zapata and Sergio Inurrigaro. Proceeds benefit Native Seeds/SEARCH
• Cinco De Mayo Concert – 9pm | FREE | Club Congress and El Tambo
• Fibers, Tequila and Fun – 10am & 1pm | Free with admission | Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum – This program explores local resources, with a special focus on Agave that the indigenous people of the Sonoran Desert region have traditionally used for food, beverage, medicines, fibers, and more
• Agave Garden Tours – 10am-1pm | Free with admission | Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum – Enjoy a tour of the Agave Garden from Desert Museum horticulturist, Jason Wiley
• Cryptic Gardens and Cryptic Agaves – 1:30pm | Free with admission | Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum – Learn how Pre-Columbian agave clones persisted in our Sonoran landscape from A.D. 600 to the present with Wendy Hodgson & Andrew Salywon
May 6th
• Agave Heritage Fest – 6-9pm | $30/$35 (at the door) | Hotel Congress – The Agave Party of the year offering 40+ agave-based spirits, an agave cocktail competition, live music from Vox Urbana, Agave 101 Seminar by Master Mezalier Sergio Inurrigario, light bites featuring Sonoran sopes,vegetarian Nopalitos ceviche, savory mushroom flautas and Borderlands Beer
• Fibers, Tequila and Fun – 10am & 1pm | Free with admission | Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
• Agave Garden Tours – 10am-1pm | Free with admission | Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
May 7th
• Agave Heritage Brunch – 11am-1pm | $55 (plus tax & gratuity) | The Carriage House – End this year’s celebration with a culinary fusion 4-course brunch. Chef Janos Wilder and Chef Anthony Coluci of the Cup Café will create a dining sensation paired with agave-inspired mimosa flights featuring an array of local products to amaze all you brunch aficionados. Proceeds from this brunch help benefit Mission Garden
• Fibers, Tequila and Fun – 10am & 1pm | Free with admission | Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
• Agave Garden Tours – 10am-1pm | Free with admission | Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Event URLS:
Purchase Festival Tickets
https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1434163?utm_medium=bks
Mission Garden Tickets

News & Events


Event URL
http://agaveheritagefestival.com/
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About Hotel Congress
Hotel Congress, a historic hotel, is home to the award-winning The Cup Café restaurant, famous Club Congress, and beautiful Copper Hall, located in the center of Downtown Tucson’s Historic East End. For more information call (520) 622-8848 or visit www.hotelcongress.com.

El Tambó Fest 2017

A celebration of musica tropical and cultura in the borderlands is El Tambó Fest on March 31, 2017 7pm – 2am, at the Hotel Congress. Growing out of the success of El Tambó––Tucson’s series of popular and nationally recognized dance parties curated by DJ Logan “Dirtyverbs” Phillips––El Tambo Fest takes the cutting edge social and musical touchstones and blows it up to a full scale cultural event. Tickets $10 for this 21+ event

El Tambó is a dance party with roots that run deep into the Sonoran Desert soil and extend across borders. As much cumbia as it is dancehall, as much Agua Prieta as it is Colombia, the party is located exactly where Tucson meets the world and specifically where Las Américas meet Tucson. El Tambó, loosely, “The Drum,” celebrates the cultural remixing that has always taken place here in the borderlands–– where O’odham cumbia meets Carribean fuego, where consciousness and context are all at home on the dance floor.

Featured among the performers are the critically acclaimed La Misa Negra from Oakland, the all-star Austin Selena tribute act, Bidi Bidi Banda and one of New York City’s fastest rising stars Riobamba DJ. Not to forget one of Tucson’s most-loved cumbia bands, Vox Urbana.

Not only bringing in great acts from around the country, as well as artisans and vendors who share the same spirit, El Tambo Fest kicks off with a complimentary mezcal to get the juices flowing! The celebration starts early with a Mezcal Happy Hour presented by Youngs Market, where the first 500 ticket holders will be treated to complimentary mezcal and enjoy the sounds of a series of DJ’s hosted by DJ Q (Enrique García Naranjo).

Rocking crowds at the historic Hotel Congress in downtown Tucson since 2013, El Tambó was named “Best Danceparty” by the Tucson Weekly in 2015 and will reach new heights with the first-ever El Tambó Fest.

List of Performers
Hosted by DJ LOGAN DIRTYVERBS (El Tambó, Freedom Sound DJ’s)

Featuring bands: LA MISA NEGRA (Oakland), VOX URBANA (Tucson), BIDI BIDI BANDA (Austin) and DJ’s RIOBAMBA DJ (NYC), Aqua, Q, Toltech (El Tambó), Lingos (Barrio Mindz), Bob Diaz (KXCI).

Artisans & organizations: Alex Jiménez, Mi Familia Vota, Heliotrope Metal, Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation, Flowers & Bullets, El Tambó live screen printing, Chávez Day of Service Coalition and Red Collar Press.

Speakeasy Tickets – https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1439429?utm_medium=bks
Event: http://hotelcongress.com/music/el-tambo-fest-musica-tropical-borderlands/

About Hotel Congress
Hotel Congress, a historic hotel, is home to the award-winning The Cup Café restaurant, famous Club Congress, and beautiful Copper Hall, located in the center of Downtown Tucson’s Historic East End. For more information call (520) 622-8848 or visit www.hotelcongress.com.

St. Patrick’s Day at Hotel Congress

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Hotel Congress on March 17, 2017 party starts at 5pm. Free admission before 9pm, $3 after Great Guinness Toast at 10pm. Join Hotel Congress for the largest St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Tucson! With great food, drink specials and Tucson’s only Irish rock band, this is one party not miss! 5pm to close. Free before 9pm, $3 after. Great Guinness Toast at 10pm. Hell Cat Maggie Irish Whiskey $3 – Best deal in Tucson!

ENTERTAINMENT
Roman Barton Sherman – 5pm plaza
Tom Walbank – 5:45 plaza
And Tucson’s only real rocking Irish band
Bastards Sons Of Patrick – 7:30PM plaza
Cash Lansky – club 10pm
EL Tambo – Plaza 10:30pm

DRINK SPECIAL
Jameson’s $5
Hell Cat Maggie Irish Whiskey $3
Guinness $4

PLAZA FOOD starting at 6pm
CORNED BEEF SLIDERS, violet mustard, pretzel buns, house made pickles. $7
IRISH FISH STEW with root vegetables and Guinness broth. $6
Lent special!!!

CUP SPECIALS
House pickled corned beef and cabbage: AZ raised brisket, boiled cabbage, potatoes, carrots, violet mustard sauce. $16 for lunch, $20 for dinner (smaller portion for lunch). Shepherd’s pie: Minced lamb, root vegetables, stout broth, whipped potatoes, Irish cheddar. $22
Root Vegetable ale pie: Hearty vegetables, Stout broth, puff pastry, red cabbage and frisee salad, stout vinaigrette. $20

About Hotel Congress
Hotel Congress, a historic hotel, is home to the award-winning The Cup Café restaurant, famous Club Congress, and beautiful Copper Hall, located in the center of Downtown Tucson’s Historic East End. For more information call (520) 622-8848 or visit www.hotelcongress.com.

Event details – http://hotelcongress.com/music/st-patricks-day-great-guinness-toast/